Monday, 1 February 2010

Swimmingly good

So I think she likes her new shirt...

It's the short-sleeved version of the Nina by Modkid that I showed you here.

Very quick and easy pattern to make with lots of variations to play around with.
The only thing I did differently was that I sewed the buttons on last rather than before the placket was attached to the shirt front as per thei nstructions.

I know this means you can see the button stitching on the inside, but it also means you can make sure the buttons are even, which would drive me mad if they were not!

Here's the back, and you can see her new haircut, which I know her Grandma will love!

Or you can tie it at the front... but we prefer the back.

I think Miss A likes hers too, but she's going through one of those 'awkward smile' phases, you know, the ones that look more like a grimace than a smile.

One thing I loved about making these is that I had everything I needed on hand to make them both, except the orange ric rac - that's it - that's all I had to buy.

I'm really enjoying have a decent enough stash of fabric now that I can choose a pattern and some fabric and start cutting away. No waiting for a trip to the fabric shop.

The only other thing I should have done was to add a bit of length to it I think.
Oh and the whole kinder thing - a breeze really.
A little bit of nervousness from Miss A, making sure I planned to come back and pick her up, then off they went with a kiss and a wave.

The only one who cried was their little sister who didn't want to leave them there!

19 comments:

michal said...

I love the shirts, both! and both girls look very happy in them!

Little Munchkins said...

Great to hear those tops are easy to sew. I want to make one too for Munchkin.

Glad to hear kindy went well too :)

Jo (sparkly green knickers) said...

They're gorgeous!

Maybe you could extend the green one with a band of the green dots along the bottom edge?

Cass said...

Karen great tops the girls look lovely. Could you do it without the tie too? Glad kinder went well

Liam's Mummy said...

The tops look great! Love the fabric combinations too, I see you have mendocino with flora and fauna, it looks great!

I was wondering how Miss G would cope.

Tanya said...

Karen, both those tops look fantastic, I feel abit inspired. I see you are going to sew it together- me too so I might meet you there!
Tanya

Becky said...

I love them both!! I am getting this pattern out of the cupboard next time I itch to sew something :)

Miss Amy said...

I really like this pattern Karen, its really nice, I especially like the fabric on the green one.

Glad to hear kinder is going well very cute of miss a to make sure u were coming back :D

trixi said...

I think those tops look amazing and both models have done an incredible job in what was probably a difficult shoot...mum taking photos AGAIN!

Cascade Lily said...

They are gorgeous. And the shirts are pretty cute too! Glad kindy went so well :)

Sally said...

Fabulous. Fabulous. Fabulous.
Two beautiful tops on two gorgeous girls.
I'm so glad that kinder went well.

Jo's Place said...

Great tops, love the fabrics you have used.

Sarah-Jo said...

your girls look so happy and why not when you have such a talented mama! the tops look fabulous and the fabric choice is superb!

Beetlehouse Designs said...

These are great Karen. They look fantastic.

Kate said...

I've been dying for you to post these tops. They are gorgeous! I love the fabrics you have chosen and especially that grimacy little smile. I am definitely going to have a go at the short sleeve version now. So pleased to hear that kinder went well. XX

make it perfect said...

adorable!
yay - glad kinder went so smoothly.
i just got some of that hummingbird fabric in blue...i LOVE it!

Charity said...

The tops look great! I especially love the bird fabric...

Glad to hear kinder went well! :o)

cherri said...

They are really nice Karen - your girls seem s impressed too!

Gilly said...

Love these! Great choice of fabric